The Sharp Award, sponsored by JWT Atlanta, recognizes excellence in marketing, advertising and media by awarding one (1) student a $3,500 scholarship.
The Sharp Award is named after Advertising Legend and industry diversity pioneer, William “Bill” Sharp. His Basic Ad Course and lasting devotion to helping young African American students find careers in the advertising industry was the inspiration for the creation of The Marcus Graham Project. Founded by Lincoln Stephens, The Marcus Graham Project is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources for today’s diverse youth that will strategically develop a viable pool of talent and leadership within the industry. Bill Sharp was a board member. In honor of Bill Sharp, JWT Atlanta will award one student a scholarship to help financially support the pursuit of a career in the advertising field.
The Sharp Award was created in 2011 and it's first scholar is Johnnie R. Lovvett.